I've had this Alero almost 2 years, has never left me stranded, had the factory struts replaced and all other routine wear items, a word of caution, it's the 2.2 L 4 cylinder, everytime I've gotten an oil change at different places it shows at least a half Quart high, I had to get the front seal and timing chain cover gaskets replaced, maybe from age or because it had too much oil, if you only put 4 1/2 Quarts with a new filter the oil level will show the correct level for some reason, the book says 5 Quarts but that's too high.
Alero is fun to drive, feels like a sports car.
I bought my Alero at a Dealership as a trade in last Summer, as is, checked it over and couldn't find anything wrong with it, it cost $2,500 so I got it, had all the fluids changed, even the power steering fluid because it had 194,000 Miles and I had no records, the Carfax report showed it had never been wrecked at all and just had new struts and tires installed, and regular oil changes, been great, only problem so far is the coolant pump started leaking, possibly from a pressure radiator flush service, which I thought to be no big deal, until I found out it's inside the engine and runs off the timing chain, cost $520 to replace and other shops asked for more, a 6 Hour job, anyway it rides smooth and handles curves like a champ, I have the 2.2 Ecotec 4 Cylinder, has a real steel timing chain that is unlikely to fail, I've seen 2 of these with 300,000 Miles.
Great everyday commuter, sharp looking.
I was shopping for a moderate cost domestic small car, had a Pontiac 6000 Some years ago and it was good, I just bought this Alero today, was concerned about finding parts being Oldsmobile is no more but it shares the same engine with other GM cars so shouldn't be a issue.